Victim has long road to recovery after I-80 rock attack

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 22, 2014 11:37 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Randy Budd

This undated photo provided by Randy Budd shows his wife, Sharon Budd, a middle school language arts teacher. After nearly two weeks, including a surgery lasting more than 13 hours that involved removing damaged parts of her brain, doctors are cautiously optimistic

(Danville) -- Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-sized rock thrown from an Interstate 80 overpass in Union County had shattered parts of Sharon Budd's skull -- keep her alive.

After nearly two weeks, including a marathon surgery lasting more than 13 hours, they are cautiously optimistic.

The Ohio teacher's arms and legs appear to be moving appropriately, and her brain pressure is normal.

But doctors don't know how her dexterity and fine motor control skills will be affected. It's likely she won't regain use of her right eye.

A tube in her brain was removed Monday.

Although Budd is somewhat sedated, she's been able to follow her doctors' commands, mostly shaking her head or wiggling her fingers and toes. 

Four midstate teenagers have been charged in the July 10 rock-throwing, three as adults. 

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